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Greater Taichung dinner thief lands in hot water

EXPENSIVE MEAL:Prosecutors reportedly requested the judge to change the meal thief’s possible sentence from imprisonment into a fine

By Lin Liang-che and Jake Chung  /  Staff reporter, with Staff writer

In early September, a man surnamed Wang (王), made a mad 200m dash on his scooter in Greater Taichung just to get his dinner back and in doing so successfully apprehended a dinner thief.

The suspect was recently indicted on charges of theft.

According to the indictment, Wang bought a lunchbox of shredded turkey with rice and a bowl of meatball soup in the city’s Shenggang District (神岡) at around 5pm on Sept. 10 as his dinner.

However, it was allegedly stolen by a man, surnamed Cheng (鄭), when Wang went to into a nearby convenience store to buy some items, leaving the lunchbox in its bag hanging from the handlebar of his scooter.

Wang immediately rushed out of the store, hopped on his scooter and chased Cheng for about 200m before apprehending him, all the while shouting: “Thief! Stop! Give me back my dinner!” the indictment said.

When the police arrived, Cheng admitted to the crime and was charged with theft.

Prosecutors have reportedly asked the judge for a summary judgement on the case.

A summary judgement is the commutation of a prison sentence to a fine when the defendant pleads guilty or the court declares the defendant guilty based on amassed evidence, but the crime is minor enough to warrant a deferral of sentence.

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